Last night, roughly 3,000 students crowded into half the convo center to honor the seven fallen dukes.  The student body president called for a dimming of the lights and a moment of silence for all of us to hold up our glow sticks (or cell phones if we didn’t get a glowstick) in their honor. 

Rest In Peace to a girl who was not only a JMU Duke, but a freshman. To a girl who not only had her whole life ahead of her, but her whole college career.  To a girl who was not only loved by her friends and family, but whose death paused time all around campus.  To a girl who opened all of our eyes to how short life really is.  To our fifth fallen Duke of the semester.

Jane, I may not have known you personally (despite the fact that you live three floors above me, our relationship never went beyond the occasional door hold), but you’ve brought the whole campus together in your name.  Today, I wear purple for you and the four other JMU Dukes who have passed this year.  You were a beautiful girl, and I know you’re repping that JMU Purple & Gold in heaven as well.